Dead Boys : Punk NEO Sound - Cleveland

In the mid-1970s, Northeast Ohio competed with New York City and London as the birthplace of punk, and Cleveland's Dead Boys was among the first wave

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Cleveland bands played a fundamental role in the development of American punk. Short-lived bands the Mirrors, electric eels, and Rocket from the Tombs were highly influential, spawning groups like Dead Boys, Pere Ubu, and the Styrenes.

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Dead Boys

Formed in 1975 from the breakup of protopunk rockers Rocket from the Tombs, Dead Boys was known as the rowdiest and most violent group of the era.

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Stiv Bators and Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys

Rolling Stone's David Fricke said of Rocket from the Tombs: "No one else in American rock, underground or over, was writing and playing songs this hard and graphic about being f*cked over and fighting mad."

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Dead Boys

Young Loud and Snotty was one of two studio albums released by vocalist Stiv Bators, lead guitarist Cheetah Chrome, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Zero, bassist Jeff Magnum, and drummer Johnny Blitz.

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Dead Boys, "Sonic Reducer," 1977

"Sonic Reducer" appeared on Dead Boys' 1977 album Young, Loud and Snotty.

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Stiv Bators, 1980

Dead Boys were initially active from 1975 to 1980, and then again beginning in 2004, for the first time without Bators who died in 1990.

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